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The Maze Runner Movie Review

 

 

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A co-ed “Lord of the Flies”! Based off of the James Dashner novel of the same name this film has a lot of thought provoking action. Imagine being brought to an island with no memory of anything but your name. This is just one in a long list of obstacles the characters must overcome. This film is very well made. The set is amazing! The design of the maze is very detailed. The film draws you in from the opening scene to the ending. You find yourself trying to sort things out right along with the characters. Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out they throw another curve at you. It can be both thrilling and frustrating. The cast does a good job of  handling themselves. Under the direction of Wes Bell they all deliver good performances that make them relatable and some likable.

The special effects are well done. The Greevers are very scary. They are giant monsters half spider and half robotic machine that are programmed to kill those trapped in the maze. So each time some one enters the maze they are risking their life. This film really does a good job of showing the will of man and how strong t truly can be. It truly confirms that in dire situations one is capable of anything especially if the odds are life threatening.

Overall this film will appeal to people of all ages. It will hold your attention from beginning to end. It also has a few powerful message. Those messages are to never give up and you never know what you can do until you try. It gets 4 out of 5 popcorn bags.

 

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Get on Up: The James Brown Story Movie Review

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Get on up and go see this film! They say dead men tell no tales well in this film they do. The film is told by the perspective of James Brown, but what sets it apart from other films of this type is that the character engages with the movie watching audience. Chadwick Boseman is brilliant as the Godfather of Soul James Brown. In some scenes he looks right into the camera and speaks to us to explain why certain things were done a certain way or to explain his methods or reasons for doing certain things. The casting was on the money. Octavia Spencer as Aunt Honey, Viola Davis as James Brown’s Mother, Nelsan Ellis as Bobby Byrd and Jill Scott looks fabulous as Dee Dee Brown his wife.

The story is told in the words of James Brown. What makes this film different is that the character interacts with the audience. He looks right into the camera and connects to us. This film can also be used as an educational resource for the music business. He explains how to promote and market for a show as well as how to promote and market yourself as an artist with confidence.

The film over all is very entertaining! Chadwick really captures the essence of James Brown from his moves to his moods. He became James Brown.  This film gets 4 out of 5 popcorn bags.

 

 

 

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Lucy Movie Review

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Different is the only word to come to mind when describing this film. It is definitely an orignal script written and directed by Luc Besson. Scarlett Johanson plays Lucy a woman forced into a no win situation. Then the action begins and the clock starts ticking. You will be glued to your seat! Scarlett is a great actress no doubt but in this film it doesn’t really take a whole lot of effort. Her character is very focused and very serious. In the opening scene we see Lucy as she is as a normal typical young woman, but as the film progresses we see her change and evolve into something more than herself.

The special effects in the film are very well done, but with a Matrix like feel to it. The fight scenes are a definte must see. The film is also very scientific. Morgan Freeman plays Professor Norman a man that has devoted his life studying the brain and it’s capabilities. He is amazed when he meets Lucy.

Overall the film is interesting and the story is original and very different from other films. However, it does jump around alot making it hard to follow in some scenes and it is for this reason it gets 3 out of 5 popcorn bags.

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Sex Tape Movie Review

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This film will win no awards or accolades. But if you are looking for a good laugh then it is very worth while and a must see. It s funny, sexy, romantic and it also has a good message with a great story. The cast give good performances. Cameron Diaz and Jason Segal definitely have chemistry that transfers over on screen. They seem to have so much fun in their scenes together. Their characters are  Annie and Jay a married couple looking to put that spark back into their marriage as so many couples are trying to do these days. Their  story can represent any couple or parent for that matter.

The scene where they make the sex tape is hilarious because they are so quirky. Some positions they had to try several times before they get it right. Any one having sex or has ever had sex can relate to this film. Jason Segal has such a charm about him which makes him adorable. His comedic timing is on point throughout the entire film. Cameron Diaz also has good comedic timing, plus she looks fabulous as always. There are even some surprises in the film such as Jack Black as the Porn King. Rob Lowe is also very funny in the film.

Overall this film is very funny with a story to which people can relate. It definitely will hold your attention to see how the situation or crisis in the film will play out. It has a great cast and good story. It gets 5 out of 5 popcorn bags.

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The Purge: Anarchy

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This flm is actually better than the first film. It holds your attention from the first opening scene to the end credits. The story is believable and definitely makes you wonder what if? The film portrays the evil that lies withn all of us. The cast deliver good performances. It is interesting to see the different ways people can purge. This latest installment while having the same concept as it’s predecessor is a bit different because it focuses more on the effects of the purge on the poor and middle class because they are the ones that get hunted and killed while the rich make sport of their plight.

The purge is really like a rich man’s holiday because they terrorize the poor by paying others to kidnap them to be hunted or they will offer money to kill a willing victim such as the elderly or terminally ill. It is jaw dropping to see the lengths people will go to purge or kill, which is the main focus.

Since the setting is in anytown in America it does make one wonder why people stay and  risk their lives for one day. It would make more sense to visit Canada every year around the time of the purge or visiting abroad being anywhere but America. Overall the flm is a definite must see. It will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions. It gets 4 out of 5 popcorn bags.

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Movie Review

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Very compelling! The  film takes up where it’s predecessor left off. The Apes have escaped into the woods and have built a whole new world that isn’t much different from that of humans. It is remarkable just how much alike humans and apes truly are. Destined to become a  classic this film takes movies to a whole new level. Under the direction of Director Matt Reeves all of the actors give good performances, but the apes are brilliant. They draw you in and make you feel for them and their plight. You can tell a lot just by looking in to their eyes. You will find yourself cheering for the apes. The story also touches upon the relationships between fathers and sons.

The special effects are very well done. The apes are amazing! The natural way they move as they climb and hang from objects is truly remarkable. The 3D effect really does nothing for the film. There are so many missed 3D opportunities such as when the apes are swinging through the trees. They could’ve made the 3D effect to the extent of making you feel as if you were swinging right along with them. For the most part the effects are very well done especially when the apes are shooting guns. It is thrilling!

Over all the film is a definite must  see. The film draws you in and holds your attention from the opening credits to the end credits. It will appeal to everyone. This film gets 4 out of 5 popcorn bags.

 

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Transformers: Age of Extinction Movie Review

 

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Transtastic!! This film can proudly take it’s place next to it’s successful predecessors. This time the war is not just against Decepticons but also humans.  The Autobots have been betrayed and it’s game on to find ot why and who. Mark Wahlberg joins the cast as Cade Yeager a poor Farmer and widower father raising his daughter barely maintaining. Many people can truly relate to the plight of his character especially in this day and age. He comes across an old broke down semi truck that turns out to be more than meets the eye. Then the adventure really begins. It is nonstop action from there on.

The special effects are amazing as always. The 3D effect only enhances the film.  The scenes where objects are flying straight at you are thrilling and when they leap off ledges and fly through the air you feel as though you are flying as well. The film is very well done and the cinematography is extremely well done. China is a beautiful place and the cinematography really brings that out. The new breed of Transformers are amazing! The way they break apart or pixilate as they transform is brilliant! You have to see it to believe it!

Over all this film is a must see! It will keep you hanging on the edge of your seat from the opening scene to the closing credits. It has something for everyone! It gets 5 out of 5 popcorn bags.

 

 

 

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Edge of Tomorrow Movie Review

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De ja vu to the extreme! This film is one you will want to see over and over again! Tom Cruise and Emily make a good team. Under the direction of Doug Liman all of the actors deliver good performances. Tom plays Major Cage a reporter in the media department for the US Army who is thrust into combat forced to fight with no military training in a war he didn’t start and certainly doesn’t want any part. Emily plays Rita a female soldier who is the reigning hero of the war saving many lives. Her secret is now his secret. Imagine reliving your death everyday and dying in different ways again and again. This is what happens to Cage and Rita on a daily basis as a result of a freak experience they both share.

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The enemy in the film are aliens called Mimics. No one knows where they come from and so far fighting them has been a loosing battle. The special effects in the film are phenomenal! The agility of the Mimics is amazing. They are like scribbly blurs all lit up on the screen. The XD effect in the film enhances it for the better. When the bullets are flying you feel like you too are in the war. The aerial shots really make you feel like you are falling and the characters on screen are so close and larger than life that it seems you can just reach out and touch them.  This film is more than a movie. It’s an experience that all should share.

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Overall this film is a definite must see. Tom Cruise looks great and appears to be in the best shape of his life. Emily Blunt looks equally as well, which is good because this film is so physical. It gets 5 out of 5 popcorn bags.

 

 

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Fault in Our Stars

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Ready the tissues this film is a definite tear jerker! Based on a book by Author John Green this film is amazing!  This film will leave you with mixed emotions. You will leave having a deeper appreciation for life and our loved ones. This story isn’t about life or death but it is about love and facing death. Cancer is the real horrible villain in this story. Under the direction of Josh Boone all of the actors give good performances. Shailene Woodley plays Hazel a girl dying of cancer stuck being on oxygen for the rest of her life and Ansel Elgort plays Gus a guy who survived cancer by having his leg amputated. The wo meet at a support group for cancer patients. The chemistry between Shailene and Ansel is very apparent. They work very well together.  It is sweet to watch the two characters fall in love. Despite their challenges they never stop living life to the fullest. They even find something to smile about through it all.

This film is very inspiring. Laura Dern plays Hazels’s Mother. She does a great job portraying the emotions a mother would feel knowing she was going to loose her child to cancer. You can see the worry and anguish on her face. But you can also see how grateful she is for everyday she still has her daughter. Willem Defoe plays Hazel’s favorite Author and he is nuts in the film.

Overall this film is very well done. It is inspiring, touching and full of tears. Some will be tears of sorrow and some will be tears of joy. Either way take plenty of tissue. You will need it.  There will not be a dry eye in the theater. The twist at the end will definitely start the tears flowing. This film is a definitely must see. It gets 5 out of 5 popcorn bags.

 

 

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A Million Ways to Die in the West

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The West was never so wild! The irreverent humor and style of Seth MacFarlane fits right in with his latest production also written, produced, starring and directed by him.  Plus with an all star cast consisting of actors like Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, Sarah Silverman, Vanni Ribisi and Niel Patrick Harris you just can’t go wrong. The story takes place  in the Old West. Seth plays Albert a sheep herder with no control of his sheep. This is funny because his sheep are everywhere even the roof of his house.  It’s true this film will win no major awards but it definitely delivers in the comedy category by doing exactly what it was meant to do which is make people laugh.

One of the funniest couples in the film Are Albert’s friends Edward and Ruth played by a Vanni Ribisi and Sarah Silverman. What makes them so odd is that Ruth is a whore in the whore house and Edward is her boyfriend. The strange and funny part is Edward is completely ok with her working as a whore. It boggles the mind!! Liam Neeson plays Clinch Leatherwood an outlaw gunslinger. There are so many funny moments like when Albert eats pot cookies or when Albert and Edward are in a bar fight.

Over all this film has everything from romance, fun and even some unlikely heroes to adventure and even a few lessons learned. The biggest lesson learned is to believe in yourself. The surprise cameo at the end of the film is priceless. The film definitely does deliver on the laughs and fun. It also does show several ways to die in the west. It gets 4 out of 5 popcorn bags.

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